Roberto Damiani is Cadel Evans's directeur sportif, his confidant and the tactical mastermind behind the Silence-Lotto team which will attempt to keep the Australian in the yellow jersey on Sunday's first Alpine stage of the Tour from Embrun to Prato Nevoso.
Procycling's Dan Friebe spoke to Damiani in Narbonne on Friday morning to look ahead to the most important week of his protégé's life.
Procycling: Roberto, how would you judge Cadel's Tour so far on the eve of the Alpine stages?
RD: It's all gone well up until now. Apart from that serious fall the other day, that is. We wanted to be right in the shake-up for the yellow jersey at Hautacam, and we were. I don't think it makes too much difference whether we have the jersey or not. It's true that, with it, the team's a bit more under pressure, but over the last two days we've shown that we can control the race without any great difficulty. It's also true that we don't have a team of great climbers - we hoped that Popovych would be a little stronger in the Pyrenees - but we do have a team which has been used to doing this kind of work for years with McEwen.
To read the rest of the interview, go to Dan Friebe's blog.